Rockport Music kicks off its fourth summer season at its waterfront Shalin Liu Performance Center with music of all kinds, including the 32nd Rockport Chamber Music Festival and dozens of other musicians of folk, pop, jazz and world music.
Returning this year for the summer series is talent such as Judy Collins, who sold out two shows last year, and who returns on July 5 and 6. Rockport’s own Grammy Award winning Paula Cole also returns for two shows on Aug. 22 and 23.
The second annual Rockport Music Jazz Festival, meanwhile, will run five consecutive nights from Aug. 14 to 18, culminating with three-time Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis who appears in a duo with Joey Calderazzo.
The jazz fest also features renowned vocal jazz interpretations of Kurt Elling to the African-inspired jazz of violinist Regina Carter. Also appearing will be Roberta Gambarini, jazz vocalist, and The Four Freshmen.
The 32nd Chamber Music Festival — the roots of the organization that is now Rockport Music — will run from June 7 to July 14, beginning with a June 7 opening night gala featuring pianists Peter Serkin and David Deveau, and A Far Cry string orchestra.
Deveau is the festival’s artistic director. The evening’s program includes Bach’s Double Concertos for Two Keyboards and Strings In C minor; BWV 1060 and C major, and BWV 1061, as well as a selection of chorales and fugues for string orchestra.
There are many newcomers to the five-week Chamber Music Festival including musicians in the following areas: Piano — Wha-Kyung Byun, Ilya Kazantsev, Andrew Li, Adam Neiman, Anton Nel and Daria Rabotkina. Instrumental — Sergey Antonov, cello; Iva Bittová, voice and violin; Aaron Boyd, violin; Heather Braun, violin; Jay Campbell, cello; Sandeep Das, tabla; Sooyun Kim, flute; Gyan Riley, guitar; Sophie Shao, cello; and Scott Woolweaver, viola. Ensembles — Canadian Brass. Vocal — Mischa Bouvier, baritone; Naomi O’Connell, mezzo-soprano. Early Music — Gotham Early Music Scene and Boston Early Music Festival.